Good John and Krys are joined by former Grade Two referee Derek Crothers this week. F-bomb John missed out in case he got a red card for foul language.
Derek gives an insight into life moving up the ranks as an official for 13 years and the stumbling blocks that prevented him getting promoted to a Grade One official. In an open and honest interview, Derek elaborates on the cliques that exist within the SFA and how certain officials move up the ranks as a result, case example Andrew Dallas! However, he does point out that referees are not biased and how much he enjoyed being an official before calling it a day.
Onto football, Rangers and Aberdeen made it into the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League. Both learned their possible opponents for the playoff round should they get past Midtjylland and Rijeka respectively, whilst Celtic will face Slavia Prague in the Champions League playoff if they overcome Cluj.
Back to domestic action, the Champions began in emphatic style with a 7-0 trouncing of St Johnstone. Are things going stale under Tommy Wright for the Saints? Hibs overcame an organised St Mirren side, Ross County began life back in the top flight with a comfortable win over Hamilton whilst Livingston and Motherwell played out a goalless draw. Rangers started their campaign with a well earned late win at Kilmarnock in a game, sadly, dominated by events in the stand rather than the pitch. Aberdeen came from behind to defeat Hearts in a five goal classic thanks to Ryan Hedges winner.
In the Championship, Dunfermline were pegged back by two controversial penalties as Dundee left Fife with a point. There were also draws at Alloa and Arbroath. Lawrence Shankland hit all four goals as Dundee United beat Inverness, whilst his old club Ayr defeated Morton 4-2. League One saw Forfar win 2-0 at Airdrie and relegated Falkirk begin life in the Third tier with a 0-0 draw at newly promoted Peterhead. In the fourth tier, new boys Cove Rangers got off to a flyer with a 5-0 thumping of Edinburgh City. There were also wins for Albion Rovers, Elgin, Annan and Queens Park.
This weeks Pick it Out goal of the week was scored by Rhys Devlin of Irvine Meadow, though there were good contenders from Celtic’s hat-trick hero Ryan Christie, Ayr’s Alan Forrest and Aberdeen’s Ryan Hedges. If you disagree, send us your suggestions.
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